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Dec 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Education

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Long distance learning transforms any computer to a class room so students can see it, live it and share it in a whole new way.

There are many educational institution and class room environments ranging from non-profit, private, and which some are even accredited schools that have succeeded in distance learning programs. Long distance learning has become a popular way for individuals of all ages to get the education they need to succeed. Using technology like Cisco or others, which have developed better ways to utilize the internet bandwidths, compression, and rendering has brought us distance learning to new heights those are both excellent in quality and affordability. The technology is at a fraction of any local standard environment and greater degree utilization of time and resources.

It can be overwhelming due to the hundreds of offerings, but with the correct plan of action consisting of the right questions to ask, you can take advantage of the Internet like no other time.

Technologies used in delivery.

The types of available technologies used in distance education, which are divided into two groups Synchronous and Asynchronous. First Synchronous technology is a model of online delivery where all participants are “present” at the same time requiring a timetable to be organized. Web Conferencing is an example of Synchronous technology. The second, Asynchronous technology is a mode of online delivery where participants access their preferred course materials on their own schedule. Students are not required to be together at the same time Message Board forums, e-mail and recorded video are examples of Asynchronous technology.

Synchronous technologies

  • Web-based VoIP
  • Telephone
  • Videoconferencing
  • Web conferencing
  • Direct-broadcast satellite
  • Internet radio
  • Live streaming

Asynchronous technologies

  • Audiocassette
  • E-mail
  • Message board forums
  • Print materials
  • Voice Mail/fax
  • Videocassette/DV
  • On Demand Streaming (Delayed)

There are also Learning Management Systems or Learning Content Management Systems, which can be used for both Synchronous and Asynchronous learning, LMS is not so much a learning tool as it is the framework to help the instructor administer the classroom better.

Major benefits of use:

Distance education provides major benefits to at least five main markets or categories such as:

Expanding access; distance education can reach underserved populations of students who cannot attend a school that offers the educational services they desire, perhaps because they live too far away.

Cost reduction; distance education can turn production of content into a repeatable and durable learning tool that does not require as much infrastructure. As most material can be packaged in easy to deliver “just-in-time” formats, the expanding payroll of educational institutions becomes unnecessary.

Emerging market opportunities; distance education fuels the public’s need for lifelong learning in education by providing access to learners not in the traditional k-12 age group.

Adapting to new technology and environments; teaching institutions may adopt distance learning as a means to adapt to the rapid changes in technology being used in education today.

Fresh fund-raising opportunities; distance education creates the latest graduates that might be willing to donate money to the school which would have never had been associated with the school under the traditional system.

References and Credits: Wikipedia

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